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From: sylvester802/21/2012 2:03:13 PM
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Ubuntu on Android becomes real, looks to take on Moto's Webtop experience
by Phil Nickinson on 2/21/2012 | Filed Under: Accessories, Smartphones, News, Featured; Tags: android, app, apps, linux, desktop, ubuntu, canonical | 33 comments

This, folks, is Ubuntu on Android. An honest-to-goodness, not janky or VNC'd, full build of the Linux distro powered by an Android smartphone.

We'll let that sink in.

Canonical -- the company behind Ubuntu -- today announced that it's bringing the full Ubuntu experience to multi-core Android phones in the same way that Motorola has attempted to extend its hardware to a more traditional computing experience with Webtop. That is, you'll connect your phone to a keyboard and display, and from there have full control over a proper Ubuntu experience, all powered by the phone. Because your Android smartphone is already running a Linux kernel, the marriage between your phone and Ubuntu is darn near seamless. The Ubuntu build actually shares the kernel from your phone and boots in parallel.

Canonical gave us a walkthrough of the experience, and it really couldn't be more simple. Dock the phone, and Ubuntu Unity fires up. Photos and videos are instantly available in the desktop experience.

But photos and videos are chump change. You've got full Chromium and Thunderbird apps. VLC. The Ubuntu Music Player. If it's on Ubuntu, it can be on your phone.

But the real power is in the ability to launch your Android apps within that desktop experience. Same goes for contacts. Or your network settings. Or your notifications. It's Android within an Ubuntu experience. And it's pretty slick.

As for hardware requirements, you'll need a dual-core smartphone with at least a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. You'll need 2GB of storage free as well, plus USB host mode and HDMI out (MHL adapters will work, Canonical tells us), plus video acceleration. Older phones need not apply, basically.

It's worth repeating that this is your phone powering Ubuntu -- not the Ubuntu desktop on your phone. We're going to get a close look at Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona, Spain. Stay tuned. For now, we've got Canonical's full press release after the break.

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Ubuntu for Android at MWC - world’s first full-featured desktop on a docked smartphone

Carry less, do a lot more. All the productivity and apps of the full Ubuntu desktop, built into your Android phone.

London, 22nd February, 2012: Canonical today unveiled Ubuntu for Android, bringing the world’s favourite free desktop experience to multi-core Android smartphones docked with a keyboard and monitor. Use Android on the phone and Ubuntu as your desktop, both running simultaneously on the same device, with seamless sharing of contacts, messages and other common services.

The phone experience is pure Android - it’s a normal Android phone. When the device is connected to a computer screen, however, it launches a full Ubuntu desktop on the computer display. It’s exactly the same desktop used by millions of enterprise and home users on their Ubuntu PCs, and includes hundreds of certified applications, from office productivity to photography, video and music.

All data and services are shared between the Ubuntu and Android environments, which run simultaneously on the device. So Android applications such as contacts, telephony and SMS/
MMS messaging are accessible from the Ubuntu interface. Indeed, all data on the smartphone can be accessed at any time, docked or not.

Ubuntu for Android gives mobile workers a company phone that is also their enterprise desktop. Government and private institutions have embraced Ubuntu on the desktop because of its ease of use, security, manageability, superb range of native applications and excellent support for web browsers like Chrome and Firefox. The desktop can also include Windows applications, using thin client and desktop virtualisation tools. Today’s IT departments commonly support a PC and at least one desktop phone for every employee. Many also provide and manage mobile phones. Ubuntu for Android presents a compelling solution to IT complexity by reducing that burden to a single device.

The first PC for the next billion knowledge workers could be a phone - but they won’t just want to use it as a handset. They will want all the flexibility and productivity of a full desktop, as well as the convenience of a smartphone on the move. Ubuntu for Android represents the first opportunity for handset makers and network operators to address this growth opportunity in emerging markets.

“The desktop is the killer-app for quad-core phones in 2012” says Mark Shuttleworth. “Ubuntu for Android transforms your high-end phone into your productive desktop, whenever you need it”

Manufacturers targeting the corporate phone, as well as the next-generation enterprise desktop and thin clients can easily add Ubuntu for Android to their smartphones. The customized version of Ubuntu drops in cleanly alongside the rest of Android, and the necessary Android modifications are designed for easy integration. Hardware requirements include support for HDMI and USB, standard features in high-end handsets planned for late 2012.

Ubuntu for Android justifies the cost to enterprise customers of upgrading to higher bandwidth 4G connections and contracts. Cloud apps like Google Docs work best with a full desktop, and shine with the lower latency of LTE. Network operators can deliver their own branded applications and services as part of the Ubuntu desktop, in partnership with Canonical.

Canonical leads the traditional Linux ecosystem in support for the ARM architecture, having co-founded Linaro (, the consortium dedicated to the unification of Linux on ARM and the simplification of Android integration and delivery. That industrial experience, combined with Canonical’s long-standing leadership in desktop Linux and deep relationships with global PC brands enables Canonical to deliver an ARM-optimised desktop tightly integrated with Android, on silicon from a range of ARM vendors.

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About Canonical

Canonical engineering and open community governance drive Ubuntu’s success in client, server and cloud computing - including personal cloud services for consumers. Canonical’s vision of a unified free platform in Ubuntu, from phone to cloud, with a family of coherent interfaces for the phone, tablet, TV and desktop, makes Ubuntu the first choice for diverse institutions from public cloud providers to the makers of consumer electronics, and a favourite among individual technologists.

With developers and engineering centres around the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned to partner with hardware makers, content providers and software developers to bring Ubuntu solutions to market - from PCs to servers and handheld devices.

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From: sylvester802/21/2012 2:33:03 PM
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There is no question anymore... Apple is a POS garbage.... if 526 to 486 was A and 496 to 514 was B then 514 to 474 will be C....

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From: sylvester802/21/2012 4:49:05 PM
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Ubuntu Android Add-on Designed to Replace PCs
Feb 21, 2012 12:50 pm

By Joab Jackson, IDG News

Canonical has unveiled software that will give Android smartphones the ability to run full desktop computer sessions on computer monitors and television sets.

"The processors at the heart of smartphones are approaching the power of low-end laptop processors, so we use the horsepower to power a desktop experience," said Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth. "If you link your phone to a computer monitor and keyboard, then the phone can drive a full desktop session."

The company launched the software, called Ubuntu for Android, at the Mobile World Congress, being held this week in Barcelona.

The software works as an add-on to the Android mobile operating system, which is also based on Linux. When connected to a computer screen, keyboard and mouse, the software will launch a full desktop environment based on the Ubuntu Unity shell.

Canonical is marketing the software to carriers and handset manufacturers, who can then market their devices as alternatives to purchasing desktop PCs. Users would not have to install any software, but rather just connect their phones to a monitor and keyboard when they need a full desktop interface. "The handset manufacturers have had this longstanding view that the desktop of the future is the phone, but they struggled to get the balance right," Shuttleworth said.

With this technology, organizations could, instead of issuing a computer to a new employee, simply issue a phone, which then can be used wherever the employee works, Shuttleworth argued. Like with thin clients, this approach could cut the costs of obtaining a PC or laptop for each employee, but unlike with thin clients, it would not be dependent on network connectivity.

With the software, all the data on the smartphone, such as contacts and messages, can be accessed on the desktop. The phone can also carry all the applications needed for the desktop environment, and offer easy connectivity for cloud-based applications as well. Connectivity can come through the phone itself or from nearby Wi-Fi access. Video taken with the phone can be displayed directly on the monitor. Even phone calls could be made directly over the desktop using Skype or similar telephony technology.

The software will work on any version of Android, though it will require a dual-core ARM processor running at 1Ghz or higher. The phone would need an HDMI output, which would provide the video outlet to the computer monitor, as well as USB for the mouse and keyboard. Many ARM chips come with built-in video support, Shuttleworth said.

Earlier attempts at equipping smartphones to run computer monitors, such as software developed by Citrix, relied on virtualization, which could slow performance time. In contrast, Ubuntu for Android offers native access to the kernel itself. "We are depending on the fact that Android and Ubuntu are both Linux," Shuttleworth said. When the phone is docked, the kernel starts a number of additional processes that provide the desktop functionality. Canonical did a lot of work to bridge the Ubuntu processes and Android processes, allowing data to be copied easily between the two. "The two sets of processes are talking with each other through this bridge," he said.

Canonical did not mention any handset manufacturers or carriers who are testing the technology, but the company plans to have the software embedded in some Android phones by the end of 2012. The code is available for end users, though it will require a fair amount of expertise to install it. So the company is focusing its efforts on enticing handset manufacturers and carriers to pre-install the software on their high-end phones.

Shuttleworth admitted that the company still needs to finish some vital elements of the software. Security, for instance, "hasn't been a particular focus for us yet," he said. But because programs have already been written for Linux that offer security features such as full disk encryption and process monitoring, the work to bring full security to this setup should not be a huge challenge, he argued.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (16831)2/21/2012 9:09:58 PM
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OT: Googlighting X-D

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To: zax who wrote (16832)2/21/2012 9:32:22 PM
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Samsung Said to Partner SAP to Push Corporate Use of Android
February 21, 2012, 8:28 PM EST
By Cornelius Rahn and Jonathan Browning
Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- SAP AG and Samsung Electronics Co. are teaming up to make mobile devices running Google Inc.’s Android operating system safer to use as corporate tools, according to people familiar with the matter.

SAP, the largest maker of enterprise-management software, and Suwon, Korea-based Samsung will present their plans next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, said the people, who declined to be named because the details aren’t public. The cooperation will include e-mail encryption as well as making handsets compatible with device-management systems that remotely update software and toggle phone functions such as switching the camera on and off, one of the people said.

The partnership is SAP’s first deal of this kind with a maker of Android phones and follows agreements with Research in Motion Ltd. for the BlackBerry platform and Apple Inc. for iPhone and iPad devices. Samsung, the second-biggest smartphone manufacturer behind Apple, is aiming to sell more handsets to corporate clients after the Android platform became the most popular operating system for smartphones.

“Companies need more pre-configured tablets and smartphones which comply with their advanced security requirements,” said Ulrich Trabert, a software analyst at Bankhaus Metzler in Frankfurt who has a “sell” recommendation on SAP. “Naturally, SAP is looking for a partner who is dominant on the Android platform.”

Spokesmen for Walldorf, Germany-based SAP and Samsung declined to comment.

Pick Your Device

Handset manufacturers benefit from the so-called consumerization of information technology, in which people use technology gadgets for both personal and work tasks, and as more companies allow employees to pick their mobile device of choice.

SAP added technology to help bring its software onto smartphones and tablets by acquiring Sybase Inc. in 2010 for $5.8 billion. Growth in revenue from mobile applications is part of the German company’s strategy to exceed 20 billion euros ($26.5 billion) in annual revenue in 2015.

Apple passed Samsung to become the world’s biggest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter on surging sales of its iPhone, researcher Gartner Inc. said this month. Google’s Android software ran on more than half of all smartphones sold.

Global sales of such handsets that use computerlike processors and can handle business e-mail and streaming video increased 47 percent to 149 million units, according to Gartner.

--Editors: Kenneth Wong, Simon Thiel

To contact the reporters on this story: Cornelius Rahn in Frankfurt at; Jonathan Browning in London at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at

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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (16147)2/21/2012 10:05:10 PM
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From: sylvester802/21/2012 10:57:01 PM
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MUST SEE: Watch Ubuntu for Android in Action (VIDEO)
By Joey Sneddon, Published February 21, 2012

Canonical’s newly announced ‘ Ubuntu for Android‘ technology has made a lot of people very excited.

But words and pictures can only relay so much about how the device, which is still a prototype, works.

Can you run Android apps on thedesktop? How flawless is the Ubuntu experience? How do I connect to the mobiles 3G via Ubuntu?

All of those questions and more are answered in the following 3 minute and 57 second long walkthrough of Ubuntu for Android…


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To: sylvester80 who wrote (16835)2/21/2012 11:03:19 PM
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OH MY GOD!!! Ubuntu for Android is 'THE' KILLER app..... watch the video and get ready to be blown away....

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From: sylvester802/22/2012 8:39:20 AM
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BREAKING...Android Passes iOS In UK while iOS Market Share Sinks
Over a third of British smartphones now run Android.
By Shaylin Clark · 20 hours ago · 1 Comment

A new study shows that Android has overtaken the iPhone as the most-used smartphone in the UK. Among smartphones in use by consumers on a daily basis – not just sales – Android has 36.9% of the market, compared to 28.5% for Apple’s iPhone.

The survey data comes from Kantar WorldPanel ComTech and was publishedearlier today in The Guardian. The data covers the four week period ending on January 22nd, and shows that Android use surged past iOS to take the top spot. During the same four week period last year Android had just 20.1% of the installed base, compared to Apple’s 29.2%. In the twelve months since Android gained 16.8%, while Apple and RIM lost 0.7% and 0.6%, respectively. The biggest loser by far was Nokia’s Symbian operating system, which plummeted from 26.7% of the user base in January 2011 to just 13.1% in January 2012.

Market share data paints a similar picture. According to Kantar’s data, Android currently has nearly half of the smartphone sales market in the UK, while Apple has roughly one third. RIM’s market share has shrunk dramatically in the last twelve months in Britain, while Symbian has all but disappeared.

The data for other countries surveyed is similar. Android’s market share in Germany grew by over 25% (again, mostly at Symbian’s expense). Growth in Italy, Spain, and Australia was similarly dramatic. While Android’s market share in France also grew, it did so far more modestly than elsewhere. Only one country surveyed actually saw Android lose market share. In the U.S. the iPhone’s market share soared, at the expense of both Android and RIM.

The market share data comes from a snapshot of smartphone sales during the four week period ending on January 23rd, and is compared to a similar snapshot taken during the four week period ending on January 23rd, 2011. The study also found that over half of all phones in Britain are now smartphones.

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From: sylvester802/22/2012 8:44:38 AM
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Apple Loses Massive Market Share as Chinese Users Prefer iPhone Alternatives
By Michael Foster
Benzinga Staff Writer
February 17, 2012 11:40 AM

China is becoming a bigger headache for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]), as Chinese consumers eschew the iPhone for other options.

Last quarter, Chinese consumers preferred Samsung's offerings, helping the Korean electronics maker to take 24.3 percent of the market, over three times Apple's share, according to research firm Gartner. Users are also choosing domestic brands Huawei (SHE: 002502) and ZTE Corp. (SHE: 000063). Huawei has also tried to break into the American smartphone market through vendor MetroPCS (NYSE: PCS) by providing smartphones at a lower cost. With slightly over 9 million subscribers, MetroPCS is not even close to overtaking the market from Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T), whose iPhone subsidies hurt both companies in addition to Sprint.

Those subsidies also pointed to greater future revenue and strong sales for Apple, which were revealed when the company beat earnings estimates at the end of January. Since then, shares in Apple are up nearly 20 percent--even after massive profit taking hit the company on Wednesday.

The company is still trading far below analysts' median target of 600, with almost all analysts maintaining an outperform or buy rating on the company.

Apple's future is so bright, in fact, that analysts have begun ignoring it when analyzing American equity markets. The S&P 500 saw earnings grow by 6.6% for Q4 2011, but without Apple, that figure shrinks to just 2.8%. The impact of Apple on the S&P is so great that analysts at UBS, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, and Wells Fargo have begun tracking the S&P without the tech giant because it is too distorting.

This growth is so breathtaking that it has been met with doomsayers, even if it has been sustained for years. Pundits have predicted that the company's exponential growth is threatened by tapped-out consumer markets in the west. In December, slowing sales in Italy, Spain, France, and Germany prompted some to predict a hit to Apple's bottom line thanks to a protracted economic slowdown in the western world. Despite high unemployment, market slowdowns, and a sovereign debt crisis in Europe, that hit never came.

Growth in market share in developing markets has been a healthy tonic for such scepticism, even if it remains a small portion of the company's global sales. Analysts estimate that the company has sold 3 million iPhones in China since 2009. This is peanuts compared to the near billion mobile subscribers in China or the 55 million iPhones sold in the U.S. in 2011 alone. So far, China just hasn't meant that much to Apple's bottom line.

This is why the company's stock did not fall on Thursday's news that the company asked Amazon to ">stop selling the iPad due to an escalating trademark issue involving the iPad brand, although it seems that Apple will win that battle.

Still, analysts and market commentators eyeing China's growing middle calss as a ripe market for sales expansion would like to see Apple conquer China. Such an expansion would help it avoid a slowdown in sales in America. However, Apple has no reason to rush into China. Growth in iPhone sales at home has not slowed down. In fact, the phone is so popular that it may even be cannibalizing sales of Apple's own iPad.

A much more pressing concern for Apple will be distinguishing its products from the growing number of Android phones that aroused Steve Jobs's ire at Google (NYSE: GOOG). Until that hurdle is overcome, expansion into China may be far from the minds of CEO Tim Cook and investors in Apple.

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